Tufty-Too Sofa System
for B&B Italia
Tufty-too sofa system by Patricia Urquiola is built upon the tremendous success of her 2005 Tufty-Time sofa system. Like Tufty-Time, the form of each element is organized into a grid-like composition of rectilinear “tufts” but, rather than their articulation with pleats to create thin crevices, the designer has softened the seating plane so that the tufts are more like very soft undulations that are visually punctuated by dashes of long rectilinear stitches – these long stitches can be used to create subtle or graphic contrasts. The corner ends of each modular piece are characterized by a pronounced vertical pleat where the front and side planes meet – this creates a wonderful synergy with the expanse of rectilinear stitches on the undulating tufted plane.
The Collection 2019
Design On Stage
World-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has already left a profound mark on the industry, and her prolific career is still catapulting ahead at full-speed. The Spanish designer’s eye for brilliant color and striking, sinuous forms turns her furniture, product, and interior designs into instant hits. Her expert understanding of composition, material, and form has garnered her commissions from the world’s most esteemed manufacturers, including Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bisazza, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, and Moroso. Pieces like her amorphous Bend sofa for B&B Italia reveal her talent for creating instantly eye-catching furniture that is also extremely inviting and human-centric.
Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and lives and works in Milan. After her schooling, she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic. During this time she also led the product development department at DePadova, where she designed alongside Vico Magistretti. She opened her own studio in 2001.
In 2015, she was named the art director of legendary Italian house Cassina, where she has worked to resurrect the brand’s expansive archive and transform its flagship stores to reflect the more than 90-year-old company’s modern vision. She also produces designs for a wide range of global clients.